- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- In St John’s in the Vale
- Pen and ink, watercolour, scratching out
- image width 156mm,
- image length 235mm
- sheet, verso
- “No30 Cumberland. In the Vale of St. John by the side of the lake of Wyburn. Light from the right hand ½ past 10 o’clock August 17 1786.F.Towne”
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- Description Sources
- Agnew's records (image)
Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1825), on whose death it passed to Towne’s residuary legatee John Herman Merivale (1779–1844) and his successors. Merivale’s granddaughters Maria Sophia Merivale (1853–1928) and Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945), both of Oxford, inherited the drawing in May 1915 and it is thereafter untraced until the early 1970s, when it was acquired by Agnew’s from Newhouse(?) on 21 April 1971 (no.0594). Agnew’s sold it on 2 January 1973.
- Associated People & Organisations
- Untraced, 2 January 1973
- Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 21 April 1971, no.0594
- [?] Newhouse
- Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
- Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
- John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
- James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
- Exhibition History
- 100th Annual Exhibition of Watercolours and Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1973, no. 16
- Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 121
- Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 119
- 1 The author’s identification is based on a visit in March 2006. At the same time, however, the curator at Dove Cottage suggested that this view shows Helvellyn from a small track on the west shore of the lake.
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